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The corn raid : [a story of the Jamestown settlement]
Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-
Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : Jamestown Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
142 pages ; 21 cm.
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Subtitle from cover.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 5.0 40141.
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Bring history to life with compelling stories,sweeping scope, and a welcoming sense of diversity Historical fiction helps students connect to their middle schoolsocial studies classes Reading skill instruction and cross-curricular connections improvecomprehension of historical fiction Strong multicultural flavor reflects the rich tapestry of our sharedAmerican heritages Jamestown's American Portraits, a saga of American families and friends,traces the history of America from the founding of Jamestown to the CivilRights Movement. This is a unique, enriching series designed to teachreading strategies appropriate for historical novels used in middle schoolreading, language arts, or social studies classes.
Reading Level 5-8 Interest Level 6-8

Author Notes

James Lincoln Collier was born in 1928. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1950 and served in the infantry during the Korean War. After college, Collier worked first for six years as a magazine editor, writing in his spare time. In 1958, he quit to work free-lance, and has since then published over six hundred magazine articles for periodicals such as, Playboy, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and the Village Voice. Collier has also published a half dozen books for adults, the most recent being The Making of Jazz, which was nominated for an American Book Award, was named to the London Observer's Books of the Year List for 1979, and has been published in English, French, German, and Russian editions.

Collier also published twenty-three children's books, five in collaboration with his brother, Christopher Collier. These have been published in seven languages, and have won the Child Study Association Book Award, a Newbery Honor Medal, a Jane Addams Peace Prize, and a National Book Award nomination. Many of them have appeared on the ALA Notable Book List, and others on the New York Public Library's recommended book list. Collier is also a professional trombonist, and writes fiction and nonfiction on the subject of music. His book, Rock Star, won an award from the Child Study Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College. My Brother Sam Is Dead was a Newbery Honor Book in 1975 and was designated a Notable Book by the American Library Association as well as being nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. Jump Ship to Freedom was named a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies in 1981 by a joint committee of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council. War Comes to Willy Freeman is a companion book to the novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Collier chronicles the life of a 12-year-old indentured servant, Richard, who lives in fear of his master, a tobacco farmer who beats him. He befriends a Weyanock boy who is also indentured to Mr. Laydon. When Richard discovers that the English have planned a corn raid on the Weyanock, he tells Weetoppin, who then slips off to warn his people. His conscience troubled, knowing that many people will be killed, Richard tells Mr. Laydon that the Indians know of the raid and when Mr. Laydon begins to beat him, the boy stands up to him. Weetoppin runs away and Richard begins planning for the day when he will be free. Character development is minimal, and history takes precedence over story. An Eye for an Eye tells the adventures of 14-year-old Samantha Byrd. When a Tory neighbor burns down the Byrds' tobacco shed, the Sons of Liberty seek revenge. Samantha, her twin brother, and her cousin sneak out to watch the proceedings and are caught in a hurricane. A search party is sent after them and Samantha's older brother Henry is captured and imprisoned on a British ship. Plagued with guilt, Samantha disguises herself as her twin brother and stows away on an American ship whose captain and crew plan to capture British ships and free American captives. When the American ship takes over a British vessel, Samantha accidentally shoots and wounds Henry. Chapters end in suspense and the action is steady. However, both books have the appearance of texts created for reading and language-arts classes.-Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.